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ADM to retain cocoa presses, but chocolate factories up for sale

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced that it will retain the majority of its cocoa processing operations but will sell its chocolate business.

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Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

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Standing out in the confectionery ‘purple’ patch

Chocolate brands will gain no ground by mimicking the color of heritage brands such as Cadbury and must forge their own identities, writes Mark Ringer, executive creative director UK & Europe at Anthem.

Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Price pressures: Will chocolate makers bite the bullet on cocoa butter alternatives?

Chocolate purists may turn to alternative vegetable fats amid escalating cocoa butter prices, but taste and regulatory stumbling blocks remain, according to an analyst.

dispatches from Analytica 2014

Taking the temperature of quality control

Refrigerated and heating circulators are vital tools in quality control in the food industry, according to Julabo.  

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Burton’s Biscuit Company invests £14.75M in snack tech from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Burton’s Biscuit Company, maker of brands such as Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, has announced a £14.75M investment in its manufacturing operation to support business growth.

dispatches from Analytica 2014

DairyGuard fights against milk powder adulteration from FoodQualityNews.com

Precise, specific and reproducible results must be achieved when screening for known and unknown adulterants in milk powder, according to PerkinElmer.

Nestlé see Q1 slowdown, but predicts growth in following quarters from FoodNavigator.com

Nestlé has reported its slowest first quarter growth since 2009, but predicts sales growth to pick up on the back of new product roll-outs.

Malaysian agriculture minister unaware of post-MH370 Chinese boycott from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

The Malaysian government has agreed to form a special committee to study the economic impact on trade and investment with China following the disappearance of Flight MH370 last month.

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Mars develops heat resistant chocolate with polyol mix

Mars develops heat resistant chocolate with polyol mix

Mars has filed a patent for heat resistant chocolate that can withstand hot climates, following an earlier...

Mondelēz downplays Russia sanctions as it announces $110m factory

Mondelēz downplays Russia sanctions as it announces $110m factory

Mondelēz International has made light of potential trade sanctions against Russia for its annexing of Crimea and...

Chocolat Frey expands in North America with SweetWorks buy

Chocolat Frey expands in North America with SweetWorks buy

Swiss firm Chocolat Frey has boosted its presence in North America by acquiring New York based chocolate,...

European cocoa grind slows in Q1

European cocoa grind slows in Q1

The amount of cocoa processed in Europe has remained flat in the first quarter of 2014 following...

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still...

‘Scientific substantiation’ needed before WHO reduces sugar guidance, says CAOBISCO

‘Scientific substantiation’ needed before WHO reduces sugar guidance, says CAOBISCO

More research is required before the World Health Organization (WHO) cuts its guidance on daily sugar intake...

CIUS calls for close monitoring in ‘uncertain’ EU sugar market

CIUS calls for close monitoring in ‘uncertain’ EU sugar market

European Sugar Users (CIUS) has called on the European Commission to implement temporary market measures should sugar...

Candy counterstrike: Ukraine bans chocolate from Russia’s United Confectioners

Candy counterstrike: Ukraine bans chocolate from Russia’s United Confectioners

The Ukrainian government has banned certain candy and chocolate products from part Russian state-owned firm United Confections.

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